a journey to a post crisis economy
The economic crisis since 2008 has created misery for millions of people in Europe, especially southern Europe. Austerity imposed by national governments, the EU, the IMF and others have failed to create solutions, in fact, they have made things worse. Unemployment in Spain has hovered around 25%, with youth unemployment at around 50%. Hundreds of thousands of families are being evicted from their homes. Millions are facing poverty. The economic crisis is really a humanitarian crisis.
In Andalusía, a region that has perennially faced hardship and exploitation by wealthy elites, this crisis is even worse. But if it is a microcosm for the worst that this crisis has to offer, it has also become fertile ground for community-led solutions with new models of cooperation, solidarity, and innovation.
Guadal: journey to a post crisis economics, will tell the stories of these community-led responses to the economic crisis and the new models that are emerging, new models that could point the way toward a new economics, not just for Spain, but for communities across Europe. We’ll make a long-form documentary film, as well as create and publish multimedia content throughout our journey, on our website, Guadal.org, and through social media.
But Guadal: journey to a post crisis economics is more than a film. It’s also a serious action research project, seeking answers to some important questions for movement building, innovation diffusion, and international solidarity. As we go, we’ll connect people leading projects on the ground with each other, and with people leading projects in our town of Totnes, Devon, home of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition movement, making them active participants in what we hope will be a recursive, emergent journey of inquiry, relationship building, and story telling.